Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Jim Mather was in Caithness on 14 August 2007 to talk to local businesses and organisations about potential economic opportunities. He visited marine electronics manufacturer Kongsberg Maritime Ltd and SubSea 7 who manufacture pipeline bundles and are seeking to diversify into the renewables sector.
Tourism operators in the Highlands and Islands still have time to submit their entry for an award which could help to raise their profile and make an impact on their future development. They are being urged to take part in the area's most prestigious hospitality and tourism awards event, the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) 2007, which will take place in the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness on Friday, 16 November.
Latest British Crime Survey highlights importance of home security in run-up to National Home Security Week 25th August 2007 This bank holiday weekend do something to deter burglars - don't put it off 'Fit basic visible security deterrents' is the clear message from both the latest British Crime Survey and the National Home Security Week campaign. With 726,000 domestic burglaries in the UK per year (2006-7), more than one home a minute in the UK is affected by this traumatic event.
Is your business a winner? Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is offering a two-day trip worth £1,000 to a high-profile event in Glasgow for Scotland's leading entrepreneurs. If your business is based within the HIE geographical area, you've got at least one ready-for-market product or service and are actively seeking ways to expand your sales base beyond local boundaries, you are eligible to win a maximum of two delegate places at this prestigious event taking place on Friday 5th - Saturday 6th October 2007.
A bid is to be made by The Highland Council to the Scottish Government for a further £1,668,000 of grant aid to fully fund the repairs to council properties/infrastructure and community assets caused by the storm damage of October last year. In March, the Council has received a grant of £4 million towards the repair bill.
Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP David Stewart has called for action on the Caithness economy following a visit to Dounreay. Mr Stewart said, "I had a useful and informative visit to Dounreay and met with trade union representatives and Dounreay Director Simon Middlemass.
Scottish Water's record-breaking programme of replacing old water mains is about to benefit the small Caithness community of Auckengill. 3.5 kilometres of cement pipes thought to date from the 50s is to be replaced with new pipes made from tough plastic in an investment worth £190,000.
Spring 2008 will bring the arrival of the fastest ferry over the Pentland Firth. A new catamaran state of the art high speed ferry will whisk passengers from Gills terminal in Caithnes over to Orkney.
A new section of website focusing on the regeneration efforts in Caithness and North Sutherland has been launched. The importance of the work now going on cannot be underestimated and a look at the bottom of this page shows the bodies involved in this new process to find a new future for the far north post Dounreay.
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine poll reveals noisy neighbours are the hotel extra you could most do without - London 10th August, 2007. In a survey released today by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine noisy neighbours are most to blame for good getaways going bad.
ANNUAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS DECOMMISSIONING PROGRESS The annual report on progress to decommission Dounreay has been published by UKAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the safe clean-up and demolition of the site on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). It covers the 12-month period from April 1, 2006.
Plans have been announced to help make Inverness a car free zone on 19 September 2007. Organisers of Car Free Day 2007 'AlternativeNess' are putting the final touches to a range of travel options and incentives designed to encourage commuters to leave the car at home for the day.
The window and door Industry are lobbying the government to get the VAT on energy efficient windows reduced to 5% in-line with other energy efficient products. The petition is currently available for signatures on the 10 Downing Street web site at See The Petition HERE The petitioner has given the following details to back the case for a reduction - Energy Saving Recommended (ESR) windows (rated A-C by the British Fenestration Ratings Council) are proven to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the home.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today opened a visitor's centre built in memory of The Late Queen Mother. The £900,000 centre is based at The Castle of Mey, The Queen Mother's former summer residence.
Highland Council have announced the local food supplies they wish to take for catering in its schools, care homes and canteens. In May, Highlands and Islands Local Food Network (HILFN) submitted a combined bid to the Council to provide 76 conventional and 55 organic products, all from local farms and crofts in Highland.
QUOYBRAE, Aberdeen & Northern Marts (31ST July) sold 48 Cattle and 281 Sheep at their Special Sale. Prime bullocks to 126p and £825.30 gross for a 655kg Limousin from D A Budge, Brae-edge, Castletown.
The annual report on progress to decommission the former experimental reactor site at Dounreay is published today by UKAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the safe clean-up and demolition of the site on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). It covers the 12-month period from 1st April 2006.
The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay announces new initiative to enhance use of heritage buildings in the North Highlands The third phase of the North Highland Initiative, which works to promote and develop the economy and support the rural communities of the North Highlands, was officially unveiled by The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay when he visited Castletown in Caithness today. The NHI's Built Environment Programme brings the Initiative together with The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment and The Prince's Regeneration Trust, to help breathe new life into the North Highlands' valuable built heritage of historic buildings, finding new uses for those that are now redundant.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 31st ) sold 45 prime cattle and 144 prime sheep. Prime bullocks (18) averaged 128.9p (-1.6p) and sold to 145p per kg for a 505kg Belgian Blue cross from Castlecraig Farms, Nigg, to Ness Foods, Inverness, and £878.40 gross for a 720kg Limousin from Dochcarty Farm, Dingwall, to Woodhead brothers, Turriff.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (July, 24th) sold 47 prime cattle and 208 prime sheep. Prime bullocks (11) averaged 130.5p (+2.6p) and sold to 140p per kg for a for a 575kg Aberdeen Angus cross from Bridgend, Dingwall, and £831.85 gross for a 635kg Charolais cross from Pithogarty, Tain, both to Woodhead Brothers, Turriff.